I am passionate about
ActionsTwice a month I take my dog to a local Alzheimer’s facility to spend
quality time with the residents. Often many of the residents are already in
the living room or kitchen awaiting the arrival of the dogs. We make our way
to each person spending a few minutes sitting next to, talking to and getting
to know one another all while getting licks and pets from the therapy dogs.
One memorable weekend reminded me why it is so important to give back to our
community and respect those around us. There is a gentleman who, due to
advanced age and depression, has withdrawn into himself no longer speaking
much to those around him. For an hour my dog patiently sat next to his wheel
chair and allowed him to place his hands on her head and very slowly scratch
between the ears. Two other residents sat nearby holding hands and wiping
away tears knowing the happiness this was bringing this man.
I try to remember the valuable lessons my dog has taught me- love
unconditionally, be loyal and faithful, and remember to always sit close and
listen to those around you.